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We invite you to enjoy these wildlife images and videos that have been sent to us by members and friends from throughout our region. Scroll down to see our Latest Sightings.

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Latest Sightings:

Painted Turtle in Stow

June 12, 2019

A painted turtle in Stow, photographed by Dan Foster.
A painted turtle in Stow, photographed by Dan Foster.

Dan Foster photographed this painted turtle on an artificial alligator (that he keeps to deter geese) in his pond in Stow.

Bald Eagle in Framingham

June 10, 2019

A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this bald eagle near its nest at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

June 10, 2019

A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A yellow warbler at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A yellow warbler at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a red-tailed hawk, a ruby-throated hummingbird, and a yellow warbler at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

House Finch Nestling in Harvard

June 10, 2019

A house finch nestling in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A house finch nestling in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed this house finch at a nest box in Harvard.

Mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough

June 10, 2019

A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Nature at Farm Pond in Framingham

June 10, 2019

A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted turtle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted turtle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron, a painted turtle, and a pair of red-winged blackbirds at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Turkey Vulture in Sudbury

June 10, 2019

A turkey vulture in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this turkey vulture at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Carolina Wren in Framingham

June 9, 2019

A Carolina wren in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Carolina wren in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this Carolina wren in Framingham.

Snapping Turtle Laying Eggs in Framingham

June 9, 2019

A snapping turtle in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.
A snapping turtle in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.
A snapping turtle in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.
A snapping turtle in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.
A snapping turtle in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.
A snapping turtle in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.

Todd Boli photographed this snapping turtle preparing a nest in Framingham.

Promethia Moth in Sudbury

June 8, 2019

A promethea moth in Sudbury, photographed by Rebecca Cutting.
A promethea moth in Sudbury, photographed by Rebecca Cutting.
Promethea moths in Sudbury, photographed by Rebecca Cutting.
Promethea moths in Sudbury, photographed by Rebecca Cutting.

Rebecca Cutting photographed these promethia moths in Sudbury.

Cardinal Nest in Harvard

June 7, 2019

A northern cardinal in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A northern cardinal in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Joan Chasan photographed this northern cardinal on a nest in her Harvard back yard.

Nature at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

June 7, 2019

A barred owl at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A barred owl at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A barred owl at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A barred owl at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A snapping turtle laying eggs at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A snapping turtle laying eggs at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Christine Goddard.

Christine Goddard photographed two barred owls and a snapping turtle at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury. Christine also recorded this video of one of the owls. She reports that the owl sunning itself on the ground joined the other in a nearby tree.

Gray Squirrel in Lincoln

June 6, 2019

A gray squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A gray squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this gray squirrel in Lincoln.

Nature at Farm Pond in Framingham

June 5, 2019

A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A question mark butterfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A question mark butterfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed A nesting mute swan, another mute swan and cygnets, a question mark butterfly, and a red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Nature at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury

June 5, 2019

An eastern forktail at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern forktail at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern water snake at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern water snake at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern water snake at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern water snake at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pearl crescent at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pearl crescent at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an eastern forktail damselfly, a northern water snake, and a pearl crescent butterfly at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Southborough

June 5, 2019

A red-bellied woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-bellied woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a red-bellied woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Snapping Turtle at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury

June 5, 2019

A snapping turtle at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Stimson.
A snapping turtle at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Stimson.

Dan Stimson photographed this snapping turtle at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury.

Birds and a chipmunk at Hager Pond in Marlborough

June 4, 2019

Domestic geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Domestic geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Domestic geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Domestic geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern chipmunk at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern chipmunk at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a family of domestic geese, an eastern chipmunk, a great blue heron, and a turkey vulture at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Birds at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

June 4, 2019

A great blue heron at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A great blue heron at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A common grackle at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A common grackle at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A great crested flycatcher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A great crested flycatcher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A great crested flycatcher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A great crested flycatcher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A tree swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A tree swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.

Dan Trippe photographed a great blue heron, a common grackle, a great crested flycatcher, and a tree swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.

Dragonfly at Garden in the Woods

June 4, 2019

A delta-spotted spiketail at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Greg Dysart.
A delta-spotted spiketail at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Greg Dysart.

Greg Dysart photographed this delta-spotted spiketail at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

Great Blue Heron at Lake Cochituate in Framingham

June 4, 2019

Great Blue Heron in Lincoln

June 4, 2019

A great blue heron in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A great blue heron in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this great blue heron in Lincoln.

Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough

June 4, 2019

A family of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A family of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A family of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A family of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A family of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A family of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this family of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Northern Flicker in Northborough

June 4, 2019

A northern flicker at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a northern flicker at Bartlett Pond in Northborough.